With the highly-anticipated season 9 of The Walking Dead just around the corner, the CEO of AMC made a major announcement regarding the show’s massive universe. Through the original show, current spin-offs, and future endeavors, AMC plans on keeping the Walking Dead universe going for at least another ten years! The news made us all curious, excited, and desperate for more details. Well, we’ve got everything you need to know about the show, its spin-off, and its expanded universe!
Warning, there are spoilers ahead!
The Walking Dead Universe
No one knows the exact future of the main series, or just how large this “universe” will get. Although, AMC CEO Josh Sapan shed some light on the matter during a recent interview. Sapan said, “The Walking Dead is a universe […] and we have a plan to manage over the next decade, plus. That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world.”
We’re assuming “that world” is referring to spin-offs, video games, as well as possibly reboots and remakes. They’ve already laid the groundwork with Fear the Walking Dead, a series which premiered in 2015. It’s a companion series and prequel to The Walking Dead, with different cast and plotlines. Now in its fourth season, the spin-off was renewed in July.
Bidding Goodbye To Friends, And Hello To Newcomers
Just like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other, similar franchises, changes are being made as the Walking Dead‘s story progresses. Earlier this year, AMC announced that the lead actor Andrew Lincoln will exit after the upcoming season. His character, Rick Grimes, will appear early on in season nine, which will air in October, but then leave. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, will likely also depart, due to her new ABC show, Whiskey Cavaliers.
However, there is good news! A new promising showrunner, Angela Kang, will head the show starting this season. The current showrunner, Scott Gimple, who took over mid-season three, will not leave entirely. According to reports, Gimple will take charge and oversee the entire, expanding Walking Dead universe.
More Spin-Offs And Further Speculations
It’s also wholly possible that Gimple and AMC intend to just keep going until 2028 (and beyond) with only the original Walking Dead series and Fear the Walking Dead. However, Fear‘s ratings collapsed after killing its’ lead character Madison Clark (Kim Dickens). Additionally, the original show’s season eight finale caused fan uproar after several odd plotlines and character deaths. With this in mind, it’s highly likely that AMC will introduce new spin-offs and possibly even reboot the original series down the road.
Whatever your feelings on the spin-off or constant controversies, there’s no question The Walking Dead universe remains highly successful and beloved. We absolutely understand the decision to keep going with this universe. We are in the era of massive, multimedia franchises and reboots! All of us will just have to wait and see what AMC has in store.